The poly-pad is available in six sizes:
EXTRA-LARGE (3.7 x 7 in., 9.4 x 17.8 cm)
for players who feel they need a very high shoulder rest
(however, if considering this size, please read this advice first);
you probably need a higher chin rest!!
LARGE (3.2 x 7 in., 8.1 x 17.8 cm),
preferred by most adult players of full-size instruments;
MEDIUM (2.7 x 6.5 in., 6.9 x 16.5 cm),
for most players of 3/4 size violins and small violas;
SMALL (2.3 x 6 in., 5.8 x 15.2 cm),
used mostly by children playing 1/4 and 1/2 size violins;
EXTRA-SMALL, (2 x 5 in., 5 x 12.7 cm),
for 1/8 and smaller size violins; and
the tiny LILY-PAD)
for 1/16 and cherub size violins.
NOTE: The first number is the maximum height, where the poly-pad rests on
the upper chest; the second number is the length from large to small end.
FOR MORE MEASUREMENT DETAILS see
this chart (inches) or
this chart (metric).
Size guidelines are approximate! Please see notice below about the fantástico
discount for first-time customers unsure which size(s) they may need.
The poly-pad is available in three colors:
• the traditional charcoal grey (all sizes)
• a slightly firmer cool blue (all sizes)
• new hot pink! (in M and smaller sizes only)
PLEASE SPECIFY COLOR(S) WHEN ORDERING.
PURCHASE YOUR POLY-PAD(S) TODAY!
TO ORDER, please see HOW TO ORDER, or simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
providing name, address, contact information, and size(s) and color(s) desired.
You may also be able to purchase poly-pads from a string instrument shop near you.
(If they're not on this list, let them know they could be!)
NEW PRICES as of June 18, 2019
(due to the increasing cost of poly-foam):
$8.50 per pad ($4.25 per lily-pad) plus shipping.*
$7.50 per pad ($3.75 per lily-pad) when ordering 5 or more pads.
Price includes poly-pad, rubber-band net for securing pad to instrument,
*Shipping (in the U.S.): $4.00 for the first pad, 25¢ for each additional pad
up to 10 pads. On larger orders you will be invoiced actual shipping cost.
Size guidelines based on instrument size are only APPROXIMATE!
The size shoulder rest needed may depend more on the size of the
player than the size of instrument.
If you are a FIRST-TIME retail customer not sure which size(s) you need,
you may qualify for the fantástico! discount offer:*
buy two poly-pads of two different sizes or colors
and get one of these at half priceplus shipping, or
buy three (or more) poly-pads of three different sizes or colors
and get two of these at half priceplus shipping.
*To take advantage of this offer, you MUST mention the word fantástico!
This offer can be used ONLY ONCE, for your FIRST order of poly-pads.
NOTE: You may order as many pads as you wish, but the half-price offer applies to
a maximum of only two pads of different sizes or colors, each of which must be a
different size or color than a pad for which you are paying full price.
If you order five or more pads, the full price is reduced (see above), and the
fantastico price of a maximum of two pads will be half the reduced price.
Remember to include shipping (see above), and sales tax if you live in Iowa.
Here are photos showing ways to attach the rubber-band net to instruments of different sizes.
Here is a photo with instructions for how to tie a replacement rubber-band net for your poly-pad.
You can also download this video showing how to tie a rubber-band net yourself.
And here is advice for securing a poly-pad that slips.
Do you have a shaped case with no room for a shoulder rest?
Poly-pads that are repeatedly "squished" into a case will lose their shape.
You may want to buy a 7 1/2" x 10" drawstring bag that can be attached
to the case handle to hold your poly-pad. I NO LONGER SELL THESE,
but you can purchase them online directly from Oriental Trading:
Poly-pads are also sold by dealers throughout the United States as well as in
Australia, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, and South Africa. For more information,
contact Michael Kimber.
If you are a string instrument dealer interested in joining the ever-growing
number of poly-pad retailers please contact Michael Kimber.
Some ideas worth considering:
Read Practicing Comfort
for some thoughts on the importance of comfort when playing.
Read Some Thoughts on Shoulder Rests
for more thoughts about shoulder rests and instrument hold.
Highly recommended: www.chinrests.com, a web site that deals exclusively
with the proper fitting, positioning, and comfort of violin and viola chinrests!
to learn about a research project involving violin and viola students at the
Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands that emphasizes the importance of
• selecting appropriate chin rests and shoulder rests and
• retraining cramped playing habits.
Please take a moment to have a look at Michael Kimbers MUSIC.
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Updated March 21, 2020.